Conceal/Price Alter Merchandise Charge Dismissed in Hopewell, Virginia
Today in Hopewell General District Court, I represented client charged under Code of Virginia 18.2-103(i) which states:
“§ 18.2-103. Concealing or taking possession of merchandise; altering price tags; transferring goods from one container to another; counseling, etc., another in performance of such acts.
Whoever, without authority, with the intention of converting goods or merchandise to his own or another’s use without having paid the full purchase price thereof, or of defrauding the owner of the value of the goods or merchandise, (i) willfully conceals or takes possession of the goods or merchandise of any store or other mercantile establishment”
Being that this charge is a class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia, the defendant faces possible jail time as well as several other possible punishments such as community service, probation, up to a $2500, etc.
During the trial in General District Court, it was the duty of the prosecution to prove that my client willfully stole an item, which they were unable to do. After arguing against their evidence, the judge took the side of the defendant and dismissed her case.
If you are charged this this or any other crime in Virginia, it is important to talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney today. For more information, call, email or contact me online to discuss your case.